18/08/2017
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Coffee break creative writing exercise: Fairytales

78696743-5f19-4e07-b9a5-3bf962564edd

 

You don't need to spend hours on your writing to feel creative. Fuel your imagination wherever you are with our 15-minute coffee break exercise.

Set your timer for three minutes. Jot down the titles of as many fairy-tales as you can remember.

Choose one. Set the timer for five minutes. Write down ‘the bones’ of the original story.

For your remaining time, create the beginning of a modern version. For instance, what if the Three Bears were a gang of robbers and Goldilocks was a detective sent to hunt them down – or what if the witch in Hansel and Gretel was fed up with children damaging her cottage and set up a plan of her own.

 

 

Join the Writers Online community  
Sign up for our free e-newsletter to keep informed of our next Coffee Break Exercise and much, much more!
Follow us on Facebook or Twitter
Get expert advice, whether you're a beginner or bestseller, with Writing Magazine

 

Back to "Creative Writing" Category

18/08/2017 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Coffee break exercise: Camera

Picture this – a new piece of writing that starts with a camera prompt in this week's creative writing ...


How to use creative writing techniques in other writing

Use transferable creative writing techniques to bring other forms of writing to life ...


Read more, write better! Writing Magazine bonus content, January 2019

Background reading, exclusive audio extracts and more to complement your latest Writing Magazine ...


Coffee break exercise: Clocks

Can you spare a few minutes? It's time for a new creative writing exercise ...


Other Articles

The 22 most thoughtful gift ideas for aspiring writers

Writers are seen to be at their happiest with just a piece of paper and a pen. So, when it comes to gift ...


Under the Microscope extra: The Man Who Would Do Nothing Twice

Read our suggested rewrite of a reader's novel opening ...


Why do authors use pen names?

Have you ever considered writing under a pseudonym? There are many reasons why a writer decides to change ...


How to write a self-help book

Leading publishing editor Kelly Notaras offers her top ten tips for writing a self-help book ...